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Three suspected militants killed in US drone attack in North Waziristan

Supporters of the banned Islamic charity organization Jamat-ud-Dawa shout slogans in Peshawar on Friday during a protest against a U.S. drone attack in North Waziristan.Arshad Arbab / EPA

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Three suspected militants were killed and two others were wounded in a U.S. drone attack in the Miranshah area of the North Waziristan tribal region in northwest Pakistan on Friday.

Pakistani security officials and villagers in Miranshah said the drone fired two missiles, which struck a house in Chasma Pul village that they said was being used as a hideout by the militants.

"All the victims were members of the Urdu-speaking Punjabi Taliban. They weren't fighting against Pakistani forces but would cross the Afghan border and attack foreign forces in Afghanistan," said a security official in Miranshah, the headquarters of Pakistan's volatile North Waziristan region.

The official, who requested anonymity, said the militants were affiliated with the Afghan Taliban.

Local resident Mohammad Ayub said the militants had been living in a rented house near Miranshah town for the past four months.

Doctors at the Miranshah government hospital said two wounded men were brought there.

"Both of them suffered multiple burn injuries and are critical condition," said Dr. Sharaf of the hospital.

Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf, the political party known as PTI, led by former cricket star Imran Khan, has been protesting over drone strikes and has asked the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police to charge the CIA director and the agency station chief in Pakistan for carrying out drone strikes and killing innocent people in Pakistan.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police Chief Nasir Durrani said his agency would soon register names of two CIA officials in the police report and would charge them for a Nov. 21 drone attack in Hangu district in which nine people, including senior militant commanders of the Afghan Taliban-linked Haqqani network, were killed and eight others wounded.

At the direction of Khan, PTI workers have blocked NATO supply routes through the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region for the past week and have pledged to continue the blockade until U.S. drone attacks in Pakistan stop.

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